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Cagayan de Oro

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Travel Guide Asia Philippines Mindanao Cagayan de Oro

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Introduction

The city of Cagayan de Oro is the provincial capital of the province of Misamis Oriental in the Philippines. It is nicknamed the "City of Golden Friendship". It serves as the regional center of the Northern Mindanao region and is part of the Metro Cagayan de Oro area. According to the 2010 Census, the city has an estimated population of 602,088 inhabitants.

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Neighbourhoods

It is geographically nestled between the central coastline of Macajalar Bay to the north and the naturally-rich plateaus and mountains of
Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte to the South. The municipality of Opol bounds the City on the west, while the municipality of Tagoloan, with its heavy industrial activities, is its immediate neighbor to the east. Its distance from Metro Manila is 810 air kilometres. It can be reached within 1 hour and 45 minutes by plane and 40 hours by ship.

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Weather

Cagayan de Oro has a tropical climate and the average temperature is 28 °C. Cagayan de Oro receives about 1,600 mm of rain a year, mostly falling from June to October. The driest month is April, while July is the wettest.

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Getting There

By Plane

Lumbia Airport (CGY) has flights to/from Cebu, Iloilo, Manila, Davao, Bacolod and Zamboanga.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are a number of internet service providers nationwide: PLDT-Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, BayanTel and Sun Cellular and each have their signal strengths in various locations. Internet access areas of broadband speeds are plentiful in city malls, much less so outside the cities, but are growing at a rapid pace. Internet surfing rates depend primarily on where you surf and the medium used (e.g. WiFi or wired). Internet services offered by hotels and shopping malls are expensive and can go up to ₱200/hour (approximately US$5) but neighbourhood cafes can be as cheap as ₱15/hour (approximately US$0.35).

Public place WiFi services in the Philippines is provided by Airborneaccess.net and WiZ is likely to cost ₱100 (approximately US$2) for up to an hour. But if you want cheaper, there is a internet cafe chain in SM malls called, "Netopia", that has a landline internet connection for around 20P an hour (about 0.46 US). Coffee shops as well as malls usually carry WiFi service some are free to use. Certain areas may also carry free WiFi. The SM chain of malls offer free wifi, so you can sit virtually anywhere in the mall and access free wireless.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company commonly known as PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider. It is also the largest company in the country. There are three major companies operating GSM 900/1800 networks: Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. Your home provider at home should have agreements with one of these providers so check with them before leaving home. Roaming may be quite expensive just as elsewhere however, pre-paid SIM cards of these networks are easy to acquire and cost as little as ₱30 and provide a cheaper alternative.
If you don't have a phone to begin with, a complete pre-paid kit with phone and SIM can be purchased for as little as ₱1,500.The usual cost of an international long-distance call to the United States, Europe or other major countries is $0.40 per minute. Local calls range from ₱ 6.50 per minute for prepaid calls.

Due to the wide use of mobile phones, pay phones are increasingly becoming obsolete. Some malls and public places still do have them and they usually come in either the coin or card operated variety. Globe and PLDT are the usual operators. Phone cards are usually sold by shops which sell cellphone pre-paid loads and cards. Note that phone cards of one company can not be used with the other company's card operated phones.

Post

The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

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